About the Park

A community’s determination to revive its neglected neighborhood park, a State mandate to cover open reservoirs, a voter-approved levy to fund neighborhood parks, and a groundswell of support to honor a local role model, all converged to transform Historic Lincoln Park, designed by the esteemed Olmsted Brothers in 1904, into the much loved Cal Anderson Park we now enjoy as a vital part of Capitol Hill.

We are pleased and proud that Cal Anderson Park was named in 2009 as one of twelve America’s Best City Parks by Forbes.com.

Undergrounding the Lincoln Reservoir created an unparalleled four new acres of above-ground parkland.

Designated as a Seattle Historic Landmark site in 1999, this stunning 11-acre open space serves the greater Seattle area as well as the over 30,000 residents of Capitol Hill. The park was dedicated in 2003 and re-opened in 2005 after twelve years of transformative work by the city and community.

It is home to the Shelterhouse complex, with a community activity building, restrooms, and maintenance shed; a vibrant water feature, jogging paths through large open lawn areas, a creative playground, WPA wading pool, tennis and basketball courts, and five outdoor chess/checker boards.

The Bobby Morris Playfield, named for a local sports figure, hosts both baseball and soccer year round.

The graceful Chinese Scholar Tree which marks the northwest corner of the park has been designated a Seattle Heritage Tree.

Did you know?

Links to newspaper, magazine and online articles about the park:

The Heritage Tree program

To learn more about Seattle’s Heritage Tree program, visit: http://www.plantamnesty.org/heritage_tree.htm

Olmsted Legacy

To learn more about the extraordinary legacy of the Olmsted Brothers in Seattle and their contribution to our public park and greenbelt system, see http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/parkspaces/olmsted.htm

The Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks website: http://www.cityofseattle.net/friendsofolmstedparks/FSOP/aboutFSOP.htm

Sound Transit U-Link Project

To learn more about the Sound Tranist construction occuring along the northwest corner of the park, please visit:
http://projects.soundtransit.org/Projects-Home/University-Link.xml